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Sustainability and the use of renewable resources in the manufacture of polyurethanes are the focus of two technical sessions at the upcoming UTECH North America conference taking place April 6th and 7th 2016 at Charlotte Convention Center, North Carolina, USA. A free-to-attend trade show takes place alongside the conference.

No less than eight out of a total of nearly 40 technical papers being presented at the UTECH North America conference will present innovative approaches to increasing sustainability in the manufacture and use of polyurethanes including the latest global developments in the production of raw materials. Jeff Rowlands, Director, Green Urethanes chairs the two sessions running over both days of the event.

Soybean and cashew nutshells are among two sustainable resources whose use features in the program with Phil Sarnacke, Plastics Commercialization Manager at the United Soybean Board presenting on Soy Polyols – a Sustainable Bio-Material for the Global Polyurethane Industry. He will be followed by Cardolite Corporation’s Technical Marketing Manager Yun Mi Kim whose paper is entitled: Cashew Nutshell Liquid based Polyols and Diols: Their Hydrophobicity and Outstanding Durability.

Anna Cherian, Senior Scientist, Applications Development at Novomer will deliver a paper on Converge CO2-based polyols for Rigid Foam insulation, while speakers from Wanhua, DuPont Tate & Lyle, Croda and Bio Amber will further explore a range of innovations in the use of bio-based polyols. Their papers include:

  • Next generation novel polyols, raising the bar of high performance polyurethanes
  • Production of Bio-based Polyester Polyols for New Polyurethane Applications
  • Application of bio-based polycarbonate diol in polyurethane elastomer
  • Bio-Based Succinic Acid: A Building Block for Succinate Polyester Polyols in Modified Thermoplastic Urethanes for Elastomers and Hot Melt Adhesives
  • Biobased 1,5-pentanediol and polyvalerolactone polyol: Unique C5 polyol for green polyurethane


Polyurethane Specialist, Mark Listermann will chair a session-closing round table debate looking at the sustainable use of additives and formulated products.

Other sessions from two parallel conference streams include those looking at polyurethanes in automotive applications, flexible foams, rigid foams, CASE products (coatings, adhesives, sealants and elastomers), the latest advances in processing equipment and blowing agent innovations.

Early-bird delegate rates for conference bookings made until February 19th are US $150 for a single day or US $225 for both days. Thereafter the standard rates are US$180 for a single day and US$265 for both days.

Often described as the hidden polymer, polyurethanes are widely used in automotive, aerospace, building and construction, furniture and bedding, electrical and electro-technical, footwear and textiles, mining and offshore, pipes, refrigeration and insulation.

Among the major international companies with booths already booked at the accompanying free-to-attend UTECH North America 2016 trade show are Dow Chemical, Wanhua of China, Cannon, Hennecke Inc, DuPont & Tate & Lyle, Repi LLC, Honeywell, Chromaflo Technologies and Tosoh. The event is supported by the Polyurethane Manufacturers Association (PMA), the industry organization dedicated to advancing cast polyurethane technology.

For more information or to register, visit: www.utech-north-america.com

Wednesday, 13 January 2016 10:41

2016 Utech North America Polyurethanes Conference

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The UTECH North America event has announced details of its two-day conference program taking place April 6th and 7th 2016 at Charlotte Convention Center, North Carolina, USA. Featuring nearly 40 detailed technical papers delivered in a total of eight sessions, the conference will cover the latest developments in the world of polyurethanes and reveal unique insights into the North American polyurethanes market.

Delegates at the two-day conference will benefit from updates on key issues facing the polyurethanes industry in North America as well as the chance to network with the world's leading practitioners. Among the highlights in the comprehensive program are two sessions focusing on sustainability. Other dedicated sessions from two parallel conference streams include those looking at polyurethanes technology in automotive applications, flexible foams, rigid foams, CASE products (coatings, adhesives, sealants and elastomers) and the latest advances in processing equipment. A final session looks at blowing agent innovations and two science papers.

In the science session Galen Suppes from the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Missouri will present a unique paper on Simulation as a Tool to Design and Understand Urethane Formulations. He is preceded by Bin Shi, Technical Engineer at Wanhua, who will speak on the Introduction of Innovation R&D platform for polyurethane-Wanhua.

No less than nine papers in sessions on both days of the conference will look at a range of sustainability issues including diverse innovations in biobased polyols. Wayne Willkomm, Market Development manager at Novomer, will also deliver a paper on Converge CO2-based polyols for rigid foam applications.

The first day’s program continues with a session looking at polyurethanes for automotive applications and focusing on key areas of noise reduction, air quality, seating and comfort versus lightweighting. Six papers in the parallel session look at machinery and processing innovations for polyurethane applications including premix technology, compression technology, dual axis mixing and mix head technologies. In the afternoon flexible foams session there are five papers on fire retardants, advances in stabilization of PU flexible foam and performance comparisons of renewable resource polyols in flexible, slabstock polyurethane foam.

The second day of the conference includes a sustainability round table, a session on CASE innovations including a new hydrophobic diol given by Herbert Chao, of Innovations Manager at Total Cray Valley. New catalysts for PU coatings and elastomers, and polycarbonatediol based prepolymer raw material for TPUs also feature in the CASE session. Four papers on rigid foams look at new multi-metal and amine catalysts, silicone surfactant reactivity, advances in pour-in-place foam and novel biobased polyols.

Among the major international companies with booths already booked at the accompanying UTECH North America 2016 trade show are Dow Chemical, Wanhua of China, Cannon, Hennecke Inc, DuPont & Tate & Lyle, Repi LLC, Honeywell, Chromaflo Technologies and Tosoh. The event is also supported again this year by the Polyurethane Manufacturers Association (PMA), the industry organization dedicated to advancing cast polyurethane technology.

For more information or to register, visit: www.utech-north-america.com

Wednesday, 16 January 2013 11:11

PDM 2013 Expands to Meet Demand

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The organisers of the Plastics Design & Moulding conference and exhibition (pdm13) have had to expand exhibition space in order to meet buoyant exhibitor demand as the event returns to the Telford International Centre June 18-19, 2013.

Big name manufacturers of machinery equipment who have already confirmed their presence at the show include Engel, Krauss Maffei, Sumitomo Demag, Kuka Robotics, Tria and Negri Bossi, while polymer and masterbatch suppliers also taking a stand include Distrupol, Plastribution, Ultra Polymers, 4Plas, Luxus, Gabriel-Chemie and many more. Representing the full plastics design and manufacturing chain, pdm13 exhibitors also include product design companies, vacuum thermoforming, rotational and blow moulding machinery suppliers, toolmakers, hotrunner and rapid prototyping specialists, mouldmakers and moulders, software suppliers and materials testing specialists.

Taking place at the newly refurbished Telford International Centre, pdm 13 will now feature an even larger exhibition space and a raft of quality paid-for and free seminars, workshops and training opportunities. Multiple conference streams and exhibitor-led seminar sessions will include half-day sessions on the latest developments in automotive, medical, 3D printing, design, caps & closures, composites and materials. The highly specialised content for these is being put together with pdm’s partners including the British Plastics Federation (BPF), the Gauge & Toolmakers Association (GTMA), Polymer Training and Innovation Centre, the Polymer Machinery Manufacturers and Distributors Association (PMMDA) and Smithers Rapra. The Plastics Consultancy Network is also set to return to the event with its ever-popular “Ask The Consultant” drop-in advice centre.

“The facilities we can offer exhibitors, visitors and conference delegates at the Telford International Centre are much improved,” said PDM’s event director, Steve Crowhurst. The expanded format of the event and the popularity of the venue and its “plastics valley” location have strengthened demand from exhibitors, requiring us to provide additional space. An event like pdm shows the UK plastics industry off at its best and we are very excited about what we can achieve in Telford with our event partners.”

Home to over 100 polymer-related companies, Telford has been known for “plastics valley” for over 20 years and was the venue for PDM’s debut show in 2005. The International Centre has recently undergone a £10m upgrade and expansion programme to expand its exhibition and event space by 30%. The facilities now include additional break out suites, a new entrance and public concourse. Meanwhile £250m has been invested in the adjacent Southwater development, which will provide visitors and exhibitors with a choice of bars, restaurants and entertainment on their doorstep. Easily accessible from the M6 and M54 motorways, the Telford International Centre provides free parking for over 1,500 cars.

For more information, visit: www.pdmevent.com

Wednesday, 19 December 2012 10:45

Rapid Prototyping 2013 Conference

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Rapid Prototyping 2013 will host an impressive panel of speakers from across the design, moulding and manufacturing sectors, addressing the key issues facing the development of effective, efficient, sustainable technologies and processes across the automotive, medical, electronic and plastics industries.

This year programme will feature the following themes:

  • Evaluating trends and implications of rapid prototyping and additive manufacture
  • Driving innovation through rapid prototyping
  • Assessing design development and the current use of 3D printing in automotive
  • Examining material behaviour in rapid prototyping applications
  • Reviewing advancing technology, applications and capability with innovation in machinery
  • Understanding how integral is intellectual property to additive manufacturing processes
  • Emerging opportunities in business enabled by rapid prototyping and 3D printing

This new conference is a must attend for anyone involved with rapid prototyping hoping to:

  • learn from industry experts on the benefits of additive manufacturing and rapid prototyping
  • network with thought leaders across a variety of industries
  • meet decision makers within the sector and discover potential projects and opportunities for your company
  • take part in interactive panel discussions and debates giving you an opportunity to get your point of view heard and your questions answered

April 9-10, 2013
Mövenpick Hotel Amsterdam City Centre
Piet Heinkade 11
1019 BR Amsterdam

For more information, visit: www.rapidprototypingconference.com

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